Stu­art Clark

Inside Sport - - In | Hindsight -

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N THE fol­low­ing in­ter­view, Stu­art Clark of­fers up a very in­ter­est­ing in­sight, es­pe­cially in the con­text of to­day’s youth de­vel­op­ment camps and tal­ent ID sys­tems. Com­ing into the Aus­tralian na­tional cricket team back in 2006 at the age of 30 meant Clark was al­ready his own bowler. There was no jour­ney of dis­cov­ery in front of the NSW quick. He was what he was: su­per-con­sis­tent and re­li­able with the ball. The Aussie se­lec­tors needed some­one re­sem­bling Glenn McGrath for their tour of South Africa, in the days of wife Jane’s ill­ness. In Clark, they had it.

Go­ing on to en­joy a 24-Test and 39-ODI ca­reer, Clark these days is the Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer at the New South Wales Rugby League, and is slowly nurs­ing home the de­liv­ery of the Blues’ brand-new Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence at Syd­ney Olympic Park, among many other things league-re­lated. Fair to say he has cer­tainly kicked on since his crick­et­ing ca­reer, but with the in­ter­na­tional stuff about to get un­der­way on these shores for an­other sum­mer, we asked him to re­flect on his time in the na­tional side, and how things have changed ... and stayed the same.

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